Member Blogs Archive > September 2017

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    The Little Red Wolf by Amelie Flechais

    Sat, 30 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a twist on The Little Red Riding Hood tale.  I like it a lot.  The little wolf loves to wear red and his mother sends him out to take his grandmother a rabbit...Lion Forge and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on October 3rd.The illustrations are delightful.  Lots of color, big woods, and a trail he's supposed to follow.  Being young, he chases small animals and butterflies and moths and ends up off the trail.  As he tries to find his way back, he manages to snack on the Read More
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    The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig

    Sat, 30 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's working as a chimney sweep, just like her mother used to.  Her mother is ill.  Last Christmas she wanted gifts and she got them.  This year she just asks for help for her mother.  The problem is that Santa never shows up and her mother dies.  Then she's stuck in a workhouse and that's all she gets to do.   It's hard to keep hope alive under continual work and punishment.Knopf Books for Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 31st.Santa is having his own problems.  The Read More
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    Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

    Sat, 30 Sep 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Louisa May Alcott was born in New England in 1832 to transcendentalist parents. Her early education was comprised of lessons from a host of impressive family friends including Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau. A love of education and writing was instilled in her at an early age but due to financial struggles, Alcott was forced to pursue a variety of jobs. It was while working to help support her family that she first turned to writing as an escape. She began writing for the Atlantic Monthly, and letters she wrote while working as a nurse during Read More
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    The Graphic Canon of Crime and Mystery, Vol. 1 by Russ Kick

    Fri, 29 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an unusual presentation for crime and mystery stories but I like it!  Most of them are highlights of the story and quickly read.  Some I spend more time looking at the graphics then I did the text.  There's also a mix of artistry and styles in the graphics, so even as you read it, the book changes.Seven Stories Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  it will be published October 31st.What caught my attention was how well The Adventure of the Speckled Band presented itself in graphic form.  Since I Read More
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    A Reading Guide to Cervantes

    Fri, 29 Sep 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    The first title that comes to mind at the mention of esteemed author Miguel de Cervantes is undoubtedly Don Quixote, and for good reason. But Cervantes is an esteemed author for many reasons, or rather, thanks in large part to the entire body of work he produced. So, if you’ve read Don Quixote, or plan to start your purvey into this legendary author’s canon with that great novel, what should you read of Cervantes’ work next? Let us help. Read More
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    Lead Law by John Russell Fearn

    Thu, 28 Sep 2017 11:49:00 Permalink
    Clyde was building himself a ranch and had big plans for his land.  Then the railroad came close enough to his land for them to create a spark while laying the line and he lost his property value in one big fire.  Summerville didn't care and refused to take responsibility for it.  Bad blood between them results in a battle to the end...Pioneering Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.Clyde does things lawfully and refuses to shoot anyone except in a fair Read More
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    The Empress by S. J. Kincaid

    Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tyrus and Nemesis are ascending to the recently vacated throne.  It's still touch and go in their life.  The danger seems to have subsided but it's just hidden under the politics.  Life is not going smooth and it isn't going to get better.  They made it this far but it's going to be tough from here on out.Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 31st.While it says it's for young readers, there's so much death and torture I'd recommend they be a mature Read More
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    An Interview with Gary Ackerman, President of the Book Club of Washington

    Thu, 28 Sep 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Gary Ackerman is the current President of the Book Club of Washington. A self-proclaimed fan of used bookstores, Gary's collecting interests are varied: his personal collections range from art and architecture to golf to Ludwig Bemelmans. With the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair right around the corner (October 14-15), Gary generously shared his collecting insight and gave us a great look at the Book Club of Washington in the following interview. Read More
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    Give Me the Child by Mel McGrath

    Wed, 27 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story is thought provoking.  It's a nightmare come true.  What's worse, is it could be true...HarperCollins and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 24th.She's a doctor who helps children find their way.  She tries to guide them to their good side and give them hope without committing them to state facility.  In her first big case, she made a bad judgement call and a young woman was killed as a result.  She's moved past that and is in a new facility doing a slightly different job now.  Read More
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    Boris Pasternak and the Lost Story of Lara

    Wed, 27 Sep 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Maybe you’ve read Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago or you’ve seen the film of the same name from 1965, directed by David Lean and starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. Or perhaps you’re familiar with “Lara’s Theme,” the song from the movie. At any rate, we bet you’re at least a little bit familiar with the love affair between the fictional characters of Yuri and Lara. A new book by Anna Pasternak, the granddaughter of Boris’s sister Josephine, reveals details of the love affair between Boris Pasternak and Olga Ivinskaya, which served as the inspiration for the novel. The book is Read More
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    The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid by Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis

    Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's just a lonely kid in a foreign country trying to amuse himself when another young man visits with him for a bit.  He's having a good chat when the boy tells him to look across the courtyard at the activity there.  When he does, the boy steals his pen.  He still has something in his fingers but it's a twig not a pen...Balzer & Bray and Edelweiss gave the me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 24th.I found this very interesting.  The Whiz Mob used their own terms for locations Read More
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    The Future She Left Behind by Marin Thomas

    Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This could have been a very depressing story.  Katelyn is forty, her children are getting ready to go to college, and she has the perfect home, family and life.  Then she gets papers served on her announcing her husband wants a divorce and she needs to vacate the house.  He's already arranged for his mother to move into an assisted living apartment.  Her whole life has gone down the tubes.  She's going to go home.  She hasn't visited her mother for a while.  But she doesn't expect the mother-in-law-from-Hell to go with her...Berkley sent me a copy of this book Read More
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    Five Interesting Facts About T.S. Eliot

    Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    To call T.S. Eliot the most important English-language poet of the 20th century doesn’t feel like too much of a stretch. His 1948 Nobel Prize is just one indicator of the lasting impact that poems like ‘The Waste Land’ (1922) and ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ (1915) have to this day, and will no doubt continue to have as long as there are English professors and recreational readers of poetry in the world. In spite, or perhaps because, of the influence of Eliot’s poetry on the Anglophone poetic landscape, the man himself has remained something of an enigma Read More
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    The Big Book of Rogues and Villains by Otto Penzler

    Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Otto Penzler always does a wonderful job of picking out stories for his anthologies.  He has it done again with these stories.  There are 72 stories and it's 928 pages long.  Took me almost three days to read this one but it was worth it.Vintage Crime/Black Lizard and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this books (thank you).  It will be published October 24th.With body snatchers, Dracula, the Cisco Kid and more starring in these stories, it holds your attention.  The early stories had more shock value.  The ones that always appeal to me are the ironic endings.  I'm Read More
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    A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne

    Sun, 24 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This fantasy world holds all kinds of creatures and has political ploys, spies, corrupt officials and more, just like earth.  Our animals are a bit tamer but the game playing is the same.  In this story, if you didn't plan well, you could very well end up dead.Del Ray and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 17th.The author uses a bard to tell the tales of the various cities and their history.  He has magic that can make him look like the character telling the tale.  When he gets on his Read More
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    Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Polly loves the little bakery she owns where she creates beautiful pastries and breads.  She's got a steady boyfriend, is living in a lighthouse and life is good.  It's true the lighthouse is not as warm as it could be but it has the most spectacular views.  All it takes is her girlfriend having a night out and the world she lives in falls apart...William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.When her girlfriend went out partying, she woke up in a motel room with a man sleeping Read More
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    Happy Birthday! by Mamoru Suzuki

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is really sweet picture book about the birth of baby and his first birthday.  It has simple text and beautiful graphics.Museyon and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.There is a short version of the baby's birth, the author even mentions the baby's beginning life which is filled with food, sleep and poop (!) and then moves on to when he begins to crawl and eventually walks.  By his birthday, he's running.  Mom even predicts him flying away when he gets older and she makes sure that he Read More
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    Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald: Behind the Scenes

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Lean back, close your eyes, and imagine an evening in Paris in the 1920s. Jazz music curls around every street corner, streetlights glimmer, and champagne flows like a river. The sound of laughter and dancing fill the air as parties grow more gregarious, and the socialite scene comes to life. Among the throngs of people immersed in the frivolity, you are likely to find a brash southern woman, and her charming husband, regaling those around them with details of their latest creative endeavors. Read More
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    The Shanghai Incident (Master Diplexito and Mr. Scant #2) by Bryan Methods

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The boy and his butler are on a mission to find his uncle's missing daughter.  When his uncle goes missing, too, it becomes an even more dangerous mission.  Where could he have gone and why would he go alone?The author sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.This is the second book in this series and it's just as exciting as the first one.  The tale starts in Paris, where the boy gives a homeless boy some chocolates.  After that, the younger boy has attached himself to him and Read More
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    Jorie and the River of Fire by A H Richardson

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Jorie misses Rufus.  She's got plenty to do but they had a great adventure together and she wouldn't mind doing more adventuring.  She gets even more anxious when the white cat comes out of the tarn and tells her the good wizard needs her help.  He can turn into a dragon but not when he's confined in a small space and starved.  Luckily, Rufus will be home in a couple of days.The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.I read the earlier Read More
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    Famous Literature Written from Prison

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    We don’t often think about where a particular novelist or poet was when she or he wrote a well-known work. When we do, most of us are unlikely to imagine the confines of a prison cell. However, many canonical works of fiction, as well as significant twentieth-century political texts, were drafted while their writers were incarcerated. In some cases, the texts directly address the writer’s imprisonment, while in others, the claustrophobic walls of a prison cell appear to have enabled the imaginative capacities of the novelist. Read More
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    "Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win."

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:41:42 Permalink
    We don’t often report on modern literature here at Tavistock Books, as that is not our speciality! However, you may have noticed that we occasionally like to branch out and discuss authors – specialty or not – in honor of their birth or death anniversary. We are happy to report to you good, book-fearing folk, […] Read More
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    A Lot Like Christmas: Stories by Connie Willis

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    I was looking for a pleasant romantic set of Christmas stories when I found this book.  I forgot that Connie Willis is a science fiction/fantasy author.  These are Christmas stories alright but have you imagined sharing it with aliens?Del Ray Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.I enjoyed the story of the aliens that have come to visit.  The only thing they respond to is Christmas music and only to some songs.  The officials won't listen to the person who is figuring it.  So she steals Read More
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    A Surprise for Mrs. Tortoise by Paula Merlán, Sonja Wimmer

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Mrs. Tortoise is disillusioned one morning when she gets up to get a drink and sees her reflection in the pond.  She looks old...NubeOcho and Edelweiss let me read this picture book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.The illustrations in this story are precious.  They focus on the turtle and her friend, Birdy, and are fanciful and heartwarming.She tells Birdy her troubles and Birdy decides to fix her up.  She suggests stars.  They're very pretty but they keep her awake at night.  Then she suggests flowers.  That was nice but the falling petals made a mess.  Read More
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    Three Interesting Facts About H.G. Wells

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Herbert George "H.G." Wells, writer of The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, and The Island of Doctor Moreau, is the most durable of the so-called fathers of science fiction. His stories influenced voices as diverse as Nabokov and Borges. He anticipated, in some form or another, developments such as lasers, genetic engineering, and email. His political and scientific writing influenced the following generation of thinkers, leading George Orwell to conclude that “thinking people who were born about the beginning of this century are in some sense Wells’s own creation. . . . The minds of all of us, Read More
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    Desert Remains by Steven Cooper

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Finding a dead body in the desert is never pleasant.  This one is in a cave and has been stabbed so many times it's hard to look at.  So is the drawing that is left behind...Seventh Street Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.Mills is the lead cop on the case and he's not finding many clues.  He decides to ask his psychic friend to help.  This was an interesting touch in the mystery.  Gus sees the upcoming murders but he can't see the exact location Read More
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    Great Authors Who Were Also Great Teachers

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    “No man but a blockhead ever wrote,” said Samuel Johnson, “except for money.” Even this humorous thought ignores the central reality of literary economics: that writing for money is very hard. At least, that is, if you want to live comfortably. This bare reality is in part why authors have for thousands of years supplemented their income and professional life with the profession of teaching. Read More
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    A Strange Scottish Shore by Juliana Gray

    Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    It all starts with call to her boss about a mysterious object found at an old castle.  He goes to see what it is and asks her to follow him with paperwork.  As she's getting on the train, she sees a man following her.  She knows she's in danger.  Then a friend from her past shows up, saying the duke sent him for her protection.  She's a bit worried about her heart needing protection but what can she say?  When the man tailing her gets off the train in mid-trip, she's hoping it's over.  No, it's just beginning...Berkley sent me Read More
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    The Raucous, Old-Fashioned Friendship of Ian Fleming and Noël Coward

    Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    For being men of letters, is was not literature that brought together the friendship of Noël Coward and Ian Fleming as much as class and location. Both men were embroiled in the life of leisure and excess characteristic of their upper class when the pair met in Jamaica in the 1940s. There, they could bask in the tropical sun, drink, smoke, swim, dine, pursue lovers, and above all, talk. A taste for fun, debauchery, ego-boosting, and wit mattered most; any overlap of vocation was considered but a welcome accident. Read More
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    The Hunter Maiden by Ethel Johnston Phelps, Suki Boynton, Renée Watson

    Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a collection of fairy tales from around the world.  These women are not forlorn weak females waiting for the white knight to ride to their rescue.  These women rescue themselves and do a good job at it!The Feminist Press at CUNY and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.I enjoyed reading this because these women were nothing special, they just didn't give up.  If someone wronged them or they ran into a demon or a wizard, they didn't back down.  They figured out how to get around them Read More
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